Work begins on next phase at Durrat Al Bahrain
Construction to be complete by Q3 in 2016
Construction work has begun on the next phase of the $6bn (BD2.2bn) Durrat Al Bahrain development off the southern coast of Bahrain.
Fayrooz 800 will feature 168 villas built across two petal-shaped islands costing around $132.6m (BD50m), including infrastructure work.
Three show homes - named after precious pearls, Hassabah, Jomanah and Fareedah - have already been built to display the three types of residential villas available.
The five-bedroom and two-car garage villa will also boast a private swimming pool and "smart house" system, which allows homeowners to download an app on their smartphone to control air conditioning, lights and door locks remotely.
"We are proud to launch this stage of the project," said Durrat Al Bahrain chief executive Jassim Al Jowder.
"The villas have been designed to the best standards by Bahraini Khalid Al Hashimi with a total area ranging from 800 to 1,000m2 overlooking the water."
According to a report in the Gulf News, it is thought the villas, which will cost between $1m (BD389,000) and $1.12m (BD425,000), will be used as holiday homes for affluent Bahrainis.
"We hope to finish the construction within the third quarter of 2016," added Mr Al Hammadi.
Durrat Al Barhain is co-owned by Kuwait Finance House and the government and includes five petal-shaped islands, six atoll islands, a central island and a crescent-shaped island.
When complete, it is designed to accommodate 33,000 permanent residents in addition to 5,000 daily visitors.